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Morning News for Saturday, November 4, 2017

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Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin will be back with the Indians in 2018. The Josh Tomlin decision was easy - $3 million for a Major League starter? SOLD! I am not convinced that Brantley will be healthy enough to put up enough WAR to justify his salary, but I wasn’t asked.

Also, the AFL Fall Stars Game is tonight, so you have a chance to see Francisco Mejia do his thing with the other top prospects.

Michael Brantley, Josh Tomlin stick with Tribe | MLB.com - On Friday, the Indians exercised the team options on Brantley ($12 million) and Tomlin ($3 million), keeping them in the fold for the 2018 campaign.

Cleveland Indians' Chris Antonetti rolls the dice on Michael Brantley's $12 million option for 2018 | cleveland.com - There is a saying in sports, that the best indicator of future injuries are past injuries. The Indians have files full of the data on Brantley's past injuries, but Chris Antonetti, president of baseball operations, seems confident Brantley will be a big contributor to the 2018 Indians.

Indians exercise 2018 club options for both Michael Brantley and Josh Tomlin - Two mainstays in the Indians’ clubhouse will be back for at least one more season, though how they might fit into the construction of the 2018 roster remains to be seen.

AFL's Fall Stars Game features top tools | MLB.com - The list includes both current and former Indians prospects. You can watch the game at 8 PM EDT tonight on the MLB Network.

3 key offseason questions facing Indians | MLB.com - Cleveland has been mapping out its offseason for the past few weeks, but the Hot Stove is officially on and the Tribe is moving forward with only one goal in mind: Winning a championship.

Which MLB free agents could the Cleveland Indians target if they take a conservative approach? | cleveland.com - Seven current free agents who could fit for the Indians if their approach is conservative, if the need is there and if the price is right.

Speaking Engagement Requests | Indians - If you want someone from the Indians to speak to your group, here is the information.

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